Monday, April 27, 2009
Marriage for Keeps, a project of Catholic Charities, Inc. – Diocese of Wichita, is hosting an Open House on Tuesday, May 5 from 4 to 7 p.m. at two locations: Newman University and Catholic Charities.
This project is aimed at strengthening relationships among low-income married couples. Open to the public, community agency representatives, couples, clergy and others interested in learning more about Marriage for Keeps or community resources are encouraged to come. Visit either of our Open House locations.
“This open house is a way to bring our partnering agencies together and share about the help that is available to families in our community,” said Lori Farha, Regional Coordinator. “We’ve seen families become stronger and healthier as they learn or enhance relationship skills and utilize the community resources available – resources that often relieve some of the day-to-day stress.”
Exhibiting Marriage for Keeps workshop rooms, Newman University Sacred Heart Hall, 3100 McCormick, will be the site of a Resource Fair as part of the Open House on May 5. At this location, community partners will provide information on resources available to families. Partners include Child Start, Center for Health and Wellness, E.C. Tyree Health & Dental Clinic, GraceMed, Habitat for Humanity, Newman University, Prairie Land Food, Sedgwick County Extension-Family and Consumer Sciences, UniCare, and MORE.
The Open House will also be held at the main offices of Marriage for Keeps, a project of Catholic Charities, 437 N. Topeka. This location is where couples come for their first meeting with staff. Once couples are in the program, they attend workshops and events at Newman University.
Information about Marriage for Keeps and other Catholic Charities’ programs will be available at this site, including Catholic Charities Help Center, formerly known as Emergency Services. Newly renamed, the Help Center provides case management, limited financial assistance, and a food pantry.
On May 5, the food pantry is extending its hours through the Open House to collect non-perishable food items.
Current supplies are low and May is an important time of year to gather food as the summer brings more need when schools are out and children are home for more meals. Visitors can drop food off at Catholic Charities, 437 N. Topeka and tour the facility until 7 p.m.
Other programs located at 437 N. Topeka include Catholic Charities Foster Grandparent Program and Immigration and Refugee Services.
Door prizes will be available at both locations. Come meet Marriage for Keeps staff and learn how the project is Strengthening Families for Life. Please call 264-8344, ext. 322 for more information or visit www.marriageforkeeps-ks.org.